Brisbane - A try by Jayden Hayward in the final minutes clinched a dramatic
32-29 win for the Force over the Reds for their fourth
straight Super Rugby victory in Brisbane on Saturday.
Hayward beat three tackles, including efforts by Wallaby halves Quade
Cooper and Will Genia, to score next to the goalposts in the 79th minute
to wrest back the lead in a see-sawing contest.
It was the
much-improved Force's fourth straight win and propelled the Perth-based
side to second spot behind the Brumbies in the Australian Conference
ahead of the Waratahs match in South Africa later on Saturday.
Force outscored the Reds three tries to two and slugged it out with the
2011 Super Rugby champions in a fluctuating second half where the lead
changed six times.
Force began well with a 12-0 lead off the boot
of South African flyhalf Sias Ebersohn before the Reds hit the front
with converted tries from Ben Tapuai and James Slipper.
eight Ben McCalman retrieved the lead for Force with a close-range try
only for Cooper to level the scores at 17-17 at half-time with a penalty.
Harris looked as though as he would kick the Reds to victory with four
penalties as Force scored through ex-Red Luke Morahan and an Ebersohn
But Force had the last word with Hayward breaking
through three tackles to score the clinching try which he converted and
then they saw off a drop goal attempt by Cooper after the full-time
"The belief is there by scoring right at the end," Force skipper Matt Hodgson said.
"In previous years we would have gone into our shell, but the belief is there this year.
are playing as a fifteen combination between backs and forwards and
people are stepping up this year, we have a whole group that is playing
It was a shattering defeat for the Reds, who slumped to
3-4 this season and only have the Melbourne Rebels below them in the
Australian Conference standings.
"They brought a lot of pressure
on to our breakdown and we weren't good enough with our tackling," Reds
skipper James Horwill said.
"We were committing too many numbers at the breakdown which didn't allow us to attack with numbers."
was the Western Force's second consecutive win in Brisbane and follows
successive victories this season against the Rebels, Otago Highlanders
and the Waikato Chiefs.
The Force will be at home next weekend against the Waratahs, while the Reds face the Brumbies in Brisbane.
Tries: Ben McCalman, Luke Morahan, Jayden Hayward
Penalties: Sias Ebersohn (4)
Drop goal: Ebersohn
Tries: Ben Tapuai, James Slipper
Conversions: Quade Cooper (2)
Penalties: Cooper, Mike Harris (4)
15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Jonah Placid
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Solomoni Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache